Women want tall men - poll
28 June 2013 | Health
LONDON DAILY MAIL REUTERS
When women say they have high standards in choosing a partner, they may be speaking more literally than you'd think.
Because 71% of women say a potential date â€œwouldn't stand a chanceâ€ if he was under 1.82m tall, according to a poll.
The same number said their perfect man was up to 2m tall, and anyone shorter â€œwould struggleâ€ to get their attention.
But it looks like disappointment is inevitable, as the poll of 1 400 Britons found the average man is just 1,77m. The average woman measures 1,65m.
Still, 63% of women considered â€œtaller menâ€ sexier than their smaller rivals.
Psychologist Portia Hickey said: â€œResearch has found that women tend to describe their ideal man as taller than average.
â€œWomen's attraction to taller men is likely to be driven by both evolution and positive stereotypes about tall men.â€
It was not all about physical appearance though, with 62% of women admitting they believed smaller men develop an â€œinferiority complex linked to their heightâ€.
This idea is sometimes called â€œshort man syndromeâ€, or â€œNapoleon syndromeâ€ after belligerent French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
Women listed height as the third most important trait to look for in a man, after a good sense of humour and kindness.
Meanwhile, 45% of men would date a taller woman - if she would have them - and 49% said the ideal woman was between 1,74m to 1,77m tall, the survey by retailer High and Mighty found.
And 54% of the men polled said they thought their height â€œmade no difference to their attractivenessâ€.